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Russia claims hitting training center, neutralizing 80 'foreign mercenaries' in Ukraine

The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday it has hit with high-precision cruise missiles a training center for "foreign mercenaries and nationalists units" in Ukraine's Rivne Oblast and neutralized over 80 mercenaries.

"On the night of March 21, a training center for foreign mercenaries and Ukrainian nationalist formations, located at the Nova Lyubomirka training ground in Rivne Oblast, was hit with high-precision cruise missiles.

"Over 80 mercenaries and nationalists were neutralized. Also, an ammunition depot and a command point of a mechanized infantry near Selets settlement were hit with high-precision cruise missiles from the air," the ministry's spokesman Igor Konashenkov said at a daily briefing in Moscow.

In the suburbs of Kyiv, in Nikolayevka settlement, the Russian military also captured a command point of Ukraine's armed forces, Konashenkov continued.

Konashenkov said: "61 Ukrainian servicemen of the control center voluntarily surrendered, and more than half of them are senior officers of the armed forces of Ukraine.”

In addition, the Russian armed forces took under control Solodke settlement in the Donetsk region and continued crushing groups of nationalists in Donbas, he said.

A group of "night hunters" consisting of Ka-52 and Mi-28N helicopters destroyed eight tanks, four infantry fighting vehicles, and three armored personnel carriers during night strikes, Konashenkov added.

"During the night, 44 military facilities of Ukraine were hit by tactical and army aviation, including four command posts, two installations of multiple rocket launchers in the areas of the settlements of Nalivaykivka and Zolochiv, six Buk M-1 air defense systems, three Msta-B artillery guns in the Vyshhorod area, four warehouses of rocket and artillery weapons and ammunition, as well as 23 places of accumulation of military equipment.

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